Coronavirus updates and information

Updates | COVID-19 in South Dakota Precautions to Avoid Illness | If You Develop SymptomsCommunity Guidance and ResourcesFor Medical Providers | SD Healthcare Provider Guidance CDC Healthcare Provider Guidance | CDC Website The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) continues to respond to the emergence of the novel coronavirus. We […]

Updates | COVID-19 in South Dakota

Precautions to Avoid Illness
| If You Develop Symptoms
Community Guidance and Resources
For Medical Providers | SD Healthcare Provider Guidance

CDC Healthcare Provider Guidance
| CDC Website

The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) continues to respond to the emergence of the novel coronavirus. We are working with the CDC and our healthcare partners across the state to protect South Dakotans from COVID-19.Coronavirus updates and information



COVID-19 in South Dakota

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Precautions to avoid illness

Clean hands often.
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid Close Contact.
	Avoid close contact with people.
Stay at home as much as possible, except to run essential errands or to seek medical attention.
Put distance between yourself and other people. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
Wear a cloth face cover.	Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
	The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
	Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
	Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.cover coughs & Sneezes.
	If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
	Throw used tissues in the trash.
	Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
clean and disinfect.
	Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
	If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

What can you do?

Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations:

South Dakota Travelers Returning Home: What You Should Know?

South Dakota’s healthcare system is prepared to identify and treat cases of COVID-19.



COVID-19 Screening Tool. This tool can help you understand what to do next about COVD-19. Click to Start Your Screening. Developed by CDC, White House, and FEMA.
If you develop symptoms:

Self-Quarantine, Self-Isolation, and Self-Monitoring:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidance:

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Visit the CDC website for more information.

Find Federally Qualified Health Centers in South Dakota – community-based primary care services in underserved areas providing care on a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay.


Community Guidance & Resources

Local COVID-19 transmission in your community? CLICK HERE for Mitigation Strategies. CDCGuidance from the CDC is available for:

Guidance available in multiple languages:

Behavioral Health


Retirement and Independent Living Facilities


All Businesses and Employers

Food Safety


information for Medical Providers

  • Medical providers who are concerned a patient may be infected with COVID-19 should:
    • Mask the patient
    • Isolate the Patient in a private room or separate area, and
    • Contact with SD-DOH (800-592-1861) immediately for consultation and guidance
  • Clinicians are strongly encouraged to test for other infectious causes of respiratory illness, such as influenza and RSV. Note: Asymptomatic patients are not eligible for testing at the SD Public Health Laboratory.

    High-priority specimens for testing include:

  • Clinical Features Risk Exposure

    Fever OR Cough OR Shortness of Breath -Individuals who are hospitalized

    -Persons in institutional settings (long-term care facilities, assisted living centers, etc.)

    Fever OR Cough OR Sore Throat OR Shortness of Breath -Healthcare workers and first responders


SD Guidance for Healthcare Providers

  • Symptom Checker Algorithm
  • SD-DOH would like to remind medical providers, hospitals, and laboratories that cases of COVID-19, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are considered immediately reportable in South Dakota (under Coronavirus Respiratory syndromes).

Emergency Management Assistance Compact

On March 23, 2020, Governor Noem issued Executive Order 2020-07 which recognizes the licenses of medical professionals licensed in another state in accordance with the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. The following professions licensed in other states have the authority to practice in SD based on an active license in another state. They do not need to gain another license in SD. It is recommended that if you are utilizing the services of one of the professionals licensed in other states that you verify the licensure status of that individual. Please contact the board office with any questions that you have during this Coronavirus Pandemic.

Important LISTSERVs for Healthcare Providers

The Department of Health maintains a variety of LISTSERVs that provide useful information on COVID-19, including current guidance and scheduled calls.


Governor Noem is reaching out to our state’s licensed medical professionals (physicians, nurses, EMTs, etc.) who are willing to volunteer their services during this COVID-19 pandemic through the Department of Health’s Statewide Emergency Registry of Volunteers in South Dakota (SERV SD). SERV SD coordinates the pre-registration of medical and health care professionals who may be willing to volunteer in the event of an emergency.

Whether you work in a health field or not, active or retired, if you have an interest in assisting your community or state during the COVID-19 pandemic, we invite you to join SERV SD. SERV SD will create a database of medical and health care volunteers who can be mobilized immediately in response to an emergency. Participation in a deployment opportunity is optional. You may decide at the time a call is made to volunteer if you are willing and able to respond.

Registering with SERV SD is easy. Go to


CDC Guidance for Healthcare Providers

CDC issued guidance to healthcare facilities in the event that illness is identified.


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